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Mark Craig

Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL
Phone: 612-673-7011

Mark Craig has covered the NFL nearly every year since Brett Favre was a rookie back in 1991. A sports writer since 1987, he is covering his 30th NFL season out of 37 years with the Canton (Ohio) Repository (1987-99) and the Star Tribune (1999-present).

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."
Recent content from Mark Craig
Patrick Mahomes, left, and Kirk Cousins had a quarterback chat after the Chiefs-Vikings game in October.

What can the Vikings learn from the Chiefs' Super Bowl win?

Sure, an elite quarterback like Patrick Mahomes changes any NFL franchise, but there's more to learn from Kansas City's newly crowned dynasty.
Don't tell the Lions that 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is a game manager after he rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit in the NFC Championship Ga

Why Purdy is the best bargain in Super Bowl history

Words themselves can't do the fairy-tale start to Brock Purdy's NFL career justice. So, here's a number to noodle on Sunday while watching Purdy quarterback the 49ers in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs.
Jared Allen

Allen 'disappointed and shocked' by latest Hall of Fame omission

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024, announced on Thursday night, includes edge rushers Dwight Freeney and Julius Peppers, but not former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, who was a finalist each of the past four years.
Will Patrick Mahomes (left) win a third title with the Chiefs? Or can Christian McCaffrey (right) and the 49ers find redemption at the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl prediction: Third title for Chiefs or redemption for 49ers?

On Sunday in Las Vegas, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and coach Andy Reid vie for their third championship in five years against the team they beat for the first one: the 49ers.
The players on the field are impressive, but the four remaining GMs in line to win the Super Bowl have done an equally admirable job.

The Super Bowl ingredient just as important as the quarterbacks

As the Chiefs, Ravens, Lions and 49ers prepare for divisional championship games, all four have a dream duo pushing them onward.
Four teams remain: who advances for the chance to lift the Lombardi Trophy?

Mark Craig's NFL conference championship predictions

Which of the Chiefs, Ravens, Lions and 49ers will earn a ticket to Super Bowl LVIII?
John Randle announces the Minnesota Vikings pick during the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday, April 30, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Steve Luci

Vikings' Randle finds way to mix love of football with golf

John Randle, the Vikings' Hall of Fame defensive tackle, is helping announce a golf tournament that will debut in 2025 and combine members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the PGA Champions Tour.
Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) plays behind the best offensive line in the playoffs, including center Frank Ragnow (77), guard Jonah Jackson (73) a

The Vikings passed on these non-QB players. Now they're in the playoffs.

The NFL's elite eight go beyond big-name quarterbacks, including several stars from the 2022 draft the Vikings passed on.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson preparing to pass and 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey rushing the ball.

NFL divisional playoffs: Mark Craig predicts the final four

The No. 1 seeds — the Ravens in the AFC and the 49ers in the NFC — enter the fray after some wild-card weekend surprises.
Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, top left, will face new Packers starting quarterback Jordan Love, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, bottom l

Mark Craig previews and predicts reunion-heavy NFL wild-card weekend

Packers vs Cowboys? Matthew Stafford vs. the Lions? Tyreek Hill vs. the Chiefs? Story lines abound as the NFL playoffs begin.
NFL playoffs: Meet the 14 QBs who didn't get their coaches fired — for now

NFL playoffs: Meet the 14 QBs who didn't get their coaches fired — for now

On the NFL Insider: The 14 playoff teams have 14 different situations at quarterback — some meticulously planned, some stopgaps and some Band-Aids.
Chuck Foreman, the Viking's first-round draft choice form University of Miami, looked at the helmet he'll be wearing as a running back for Minnesota o

Fifty years later, Foreman still sees versions of himself in the NFL

Vikings star running back Chuck Foreman is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he started the evolution of pass-catching backs in 1973.
Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler (32) was tackled by Detroit Lions safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (2) in the first quarter Sunday January ,7 20

Five Extra Points: Plenty of reasons for Vikings' 2023 failings

Start with a $13 million investment for a player who played in only four games this season.
Quarterback Justin Fields and the Bears, winners of four of five, could play spoiler in the NFC playoff race.

Mark Craig's Week 18 NFL picks: Can Vikings get nudge into playoffs?

It's entirely possible for the Vikings to get all the help they need to make the playoffs. But will they help themselves vs. the Lions?
Vikings' O'Connell isn't NFL Coach of the Year anymore. Who is?

Vikings' O'Connell isn't NFL Coach of the Year anymore. Who is?

Our NFL Insider reveals his current ranking of NFL Coach of the Year candidates. The Vikings' Kevin O'Connell was once at the top of the list. See Mark Craig's new top five.
“This definitely is a team that’s been staying close together through the tough times,” Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson said. “We know

Jefferson calls this Vikings season 'most difficult' of his career

Since Justin Jefferson left LSU as a national champion and entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick, he's won 30 games and lost 30.
Vikings edge rusher Danielle Hunter is fifth in the NFL with a career-high 15 ½ sacks and is tied for the league lead in tackles for loss at 21.

Vikings' Hunter, DePaola named to NFC Pro Bowl team

Vikings edge rusher Danielle Hunter was named a Pro Bowl starter for the first time while long snapper Andrew DePaola added to his accolades.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed (11) picked up 6 yard in the first quarter as Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans (21) forced him o

Vikings stagger into new year with 33-10 loss to Packers

Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell's move to rookie quarterback Jaren Hall doesn't work out, as turnovers and injuries plague the team again as they fall to 7-9.
Packers quarterback Jordan Love, left, and Vikings quarterback Jaren Hall will face off again Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Mark Craig's Week 17 NFL picks: Who else will join playoff field?

The Vikings and Packers meet in a battle of 7-8 teams, and wins by the Seahawks and Rams earlier in the day would make it an playoff elimination game.
The Vikings’ turnover problems started in Week 1 against Tampa Bay, when they had three turnovers in the first half.

'Killing us this whole entire year': How turnovers transformed the Vikings season

Coach Kevin O'Connell has been begging his players to hold on to the ball as the Vikings rank 30th in turnovers (30) and turnover differential (minus-9).
Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens (12) walks off the field at the end of the loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Vikings QB Mullens on benching: 'I totally understand'

Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens says he's been helping his replacement Jaren Hall, knowing that as a backup, "you're still only one snap away, so you have to have thick skin."
Vikings top cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. will miss his second straight game with a knee injury.

Vikings CB Murphy out for Packers game; O'Neill set to return

The Vikings will be without top cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. again, but right tackle Brian O'Neill will be back. Among those listed as questionable are receiver Jordan Addison and cornerback Mekhi Blackmon.
Jared Allen in 2013. His 136 sacks rank 12th in NFL history.

Former Viking Allen is Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist again

Jared Allen, a four-time first-team All-Pro at defensive end, is among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Hall of Fame. A class of five will be selected in January.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens (12) was pressured by the Lions defense in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday

Five extra points: Vikings bloody in the red zone. Was Jefferson open?

Dan Campbell and Jared Goff led the Lions past the Vikings as Justin Jefferson couldn't make Nick Mullens look any better.
Kerby Joseph (31) intercepts a pass intended for Vikings receiver Jordan Addison (3) in the second quarter.

Lions' first division title in 30 years is 'just the beginning'

Some in the Lions locker room were in tears Sunday, but this time, they were tears of joy after a win over the Vikings clinched a playoff spot.
San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy and Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson will face off on Monday night in a battle of first-place teams.

Week 16 NFL picks: Celebrate Super Bowl previews this holiday weekend

On Sunday, the Cowboys, No. 2 in the NFC, travel to Miami, No. 2 in the AFC. On Monday night, the Ravens, No. 1 in the AFC, travel to San Francisco, No. 1 in the NFC.
Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson played his first full game in more than two months last week in Cincinnati.

Vikings' Jefferson aims to get back into better blocking habits

Also, the Vikings defense gets more bad news on the injury front as it prepares to face the Lions' third-ranked offense.
Nick Mullens will start again at quarterback for the Vikings after completing 78.8% of his passes (26 of 33) for 303 yards, two touchdowns and two int

Regrets? Vikings QB Mullens has a few

Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens is working on his cadence and decisionmaking as he prepares for his next start, against the Lions on Sunday.
Linebacker Jordan Hicks was leading the Vikings in tackles with 87 at the time of his injury on Nov. 12. The team is 1-3 without him.

Vikings' Hicks practices again, hopes to play vs. Lions

Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks has been sidelined for 5½ weeks after having emergency surgery on his right shin to address compartment syndrome.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) sacked Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning (6) in the second quarter Saturday December ,16

Five extra points: Tush Push? How about O'Connell's 'Tush Tap'?

For those who felt the Tush Push was too effective, Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell and Brandon Powell explored innovation vs. Bengals.
In 13 games and nine starts, Vikings rookie linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. has 43 solo tackles, 2 ½ sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

Ivan Pace Jr. comes home to Cincinnati as an NFL success story

The Vikings undrafted rookie linebacker will spend his 23rd birthday playing in front of 50 family members and friends against the Bengals. Ivan Pace Sr. says his son was made for football because he "always liked to wreck things."
Mark Craig's NFL picks: It's not all backup QBs out there

Mark Craig's NFL picks: It's not all backup QBs out there

While it may seem like the NFL is running out of quarterbacks, there are some marquee matchups of playoff contenders in Week 15.
Five extra points: Losers in Vikings-Raiders game? Almost everyone

Five extra points: Losers in Vikings-Raiders game? Almost everyone

What's the best way to summarize the Vikings' 3-0 victory in Las Vegas? How about ugly, uglier, ugliest — except for one facet of the game.
Love no longer stinks. Packers QB driving his team toward playoffs

Love no longer stinks. Packers QB driving his team toward playoffs

Since the Vikings befuddled Jordan Love during Week 8, he has rallied to be among the NFL's leaders and bring his team from a 2-5 start into playoff contention — and with an easier remaining schedule than the Vikings have.
Mark Craig's NFL picks: Playoff implications are everywhere

Mark Craig's NFL picks: Playoff implications are everywhere

All 15 games have at least one team with something to play for, including the Vikings' trip to Vegas and a NFC East showdown between the Eagles and Cowboys.
Joshua Dobbs is 2-2 as the Vikings quarterback with Kirk Cousins sidelined because of Achilles tendon surgery.

In wild season for quarterbacks, Dobbs should start again for Vikings

You can't predict NFL quarterbacking — Jake Browning leading the Bengals, anyone? — but the Vikings shouldn't overthink their situation at quarterback Not yet, anyway.
Are Vikings best of the worst NFC playoff contenders? We'll find out

Are Vikings best of the worst NFC playoff contenders? We'll find out

Congratulations, Vikings Nation. Your squad is the best of the 10 worst teams still pillow-fighting for the NFC's final wild-card spot. How many of them do you think have winning records?
FILE — Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Hurts looks for a receiver during the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Eagles and the San Francisco

Craig's Week 13 NFL picks: With Vikings off, watch these games instead

The NFC's best teams meet in Philadelphia, which will either amplify or overshadow how weak the rest of the conference is.
The Vikings defense was put in difficult positions because of some of coach Kevin O’Connell’s decisions in a 12-10 loss to the Bears at U.S. Bank

In loss to Bears, Vikings defense needed more help from O'Connell

Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell said he trusted his defenders, but he gave them little margin for error with a pair of crucial field-position decisions vs. the Bears.
Former Vikings Jared Allen rode a horse to his  Ring of Honor ceremony in October 2022.

Jared Allen back on semifinalist list for Pro Football Hall of Fame

The former Vikings defensive end is already a three-time finalist in his first three years of Hall of Fame eligibility. Can he get to the next level in the balloting?
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs (15) slips away from Gervon Dexter Sr. of the Chicago Bears in the second quarter Monday, November 27, 2023

Five extra points: Bears tried to lose but Vikings refused to let them

The last-place Bears finally met their match when it came to insisting that the other team win as Joshua Dobbs faltered and Kevin O'Connell made some strange decisions.
Vikings edge rusher D.J. Wonnum (98), a fourth-round draft pick in 2020, has started 10 games and logged a career-high 80% of the defensive snaps.

Vikings' Wonnum is stacking up sacks in a contract year

Fourth-year pro D.J. Wonnum has six sacks through 11 games, and he and Danielle Hunter have joined forces to be one of the top duos in the NFL.
Can rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud lead the Texans into first place in the AFC South?

Week 12 NFL picks: Are shake-ups in standings and staffing coming?

Will Week 12 of the NFL season lead to changes at the top of some divisions and the firing of a coach?
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, in S

Jefferson closer to returning, but Vikings will make certain he's 100%

Receiver Justin Jefferson could be ready for Monday night's game vs. the Chicago Bears — or the Vikings could wait until after the bye week to activate him.
Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) gets taken down for sack by multiple New York Giants defenders during an NFL football game, Sunday,

Mark Craig's Thanksgiving NFL picks, with a Black Friday bonus

This year's Thanksgiving games dish up two interesting matchups and a very lopsided one.
Vikings edge rusher Danielle Hunter has played 119 NFL games including playoffs without being flagged for unnecessary roughness or fined.

Hunter is Vikings' nominee for NFL sportsmanship award

Vikings edge rusher Danielle Hunter has been flagged for only eight accepted penalties in his nine-year NFL career.
Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson had a record day against the Saints despite taking shots to his injured ribs, falls and flips.

Vikings' Hockenson went from injured to record-setting game in 7 days

A combination of medical care, extra padding and sheer human toughness kept Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson on the field against the New Orleans Saints.
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs fumbled and took a questionable hit from Broncos safety Kareem Jackson on the Vikings’ first possession in Denver Sunday ni

Baffling play call, no-call get Vikings off to bad start in loss

The Vikings turned the ball over for the fifth time in 11 opening possessions this season on a trick play gone wrong. And the Joshua Dobbs fumble isn't the only part of the play worth reviewing.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs (15) fumbles the ball for a turnover in the first quarter of an NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and

Five extra points: 'Cute' plays aren't helping Vikings, more sacks would

A direct snap to a tight end, followed by a pitch to the quarterback, led to a fumble on the third play of the game. And all that pressure on the quarterback should result in more sacks.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips attended practice at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn., on Friday.

Vikings' Phillips wants to be a head coach, but has unfinished business

Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips, the son and grandson of NFL coaches, doesn't call the team's plays. But he is an invaluable game-planner and eye in the sky during games for Kevin O'Connell.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) embraces his brother Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) before the NFL Super Bowl 57 football

Mark Craig's Week 11 NFL picks: Who wins the Super Bowl rematch?

The Chiefs play the Eagles again, the Browns face the Steelers without Deshaun Watson, and the Vikings and Broncos put winning streaks on the line.
NFL's cleanest player? Why a (bad) penalty call on Hunter stood out.

NFL's cleanest player? Why a (bad) penalty call on Hunter stood out.

Danielle Hunter has played in 118 NFL games, sacked the quarterback 86½ times and has one 15-yard penalty — in his entire career. "I try to play the right way," he said.
Kevin O’Connell celebrates with quarterback Joshua Dobbs (15) after Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler (32) scored a touchdown in the second

Five extra points: Why did Dobbs tell teammate, 'I'm not worried'?

Kevin O'Connell and the run defense came through on Sunday. And the Vikings made a key adjustment after noticing something New Orleans was doing to try containing Joshua Dobbs.
After missing last week’s game in Atlanta, Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw was a full participant in Friday’s practice and was not given an

Vikings left tackle Darrisaw expected to start against Saints

New Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs didn't have Christian Darrisaw for his first game, but the left tackle will be back to face New Orleans.
Like last season’s coach of the year, Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell is in uncharted waters after a series of injuries.

NFL midseason awards: Is Kevin O'Connell the Coach of the Year so far?

Midway through the season, the race for Coach of the Year is as crowded as it was last year when the Vikings' Kevin O'Connell finished sixth. Does he have a better case for the award now?
Who’s got the No. 1 defense in the NFL? Cleveland, with former Vikings Dalvin Tomlinson, right, and star defensive end Myles Garrett.

Craig's Week 10 NFL picks: Defenses getting their moment in the sun

An AFC North battle of top defenses is the highlight of this weekend's NFL schedule.
New Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta on Sunday while running for a career-high 66 yards.

Vikings' Dobbs named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs was recognized for his role coming off the bench to beat the Falcons. But who will back him up against the Saints?
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson participated in the team’s walkthrough on Wednesday, the day he was eligible to return to practice from injur

Jefferson back at Vikings practice, but unlikely to play Sunday

The Vikings opened the 21-day window for Justin Jefferson's return from a hamstring injury sustained against the Chiefs on Oct. 8.
Brandon Powell didn’t return a punt for a score Sunday in Atlanta. He made up for that, though, with a game-winning touchdown catch, which teammate

Can Powell end a years-long streak of Vikings futility on Sunday?

Mark Craig's On the NFL: With Kirk Cousins out, the Vikings have to "reshape" parts of their plans, including special teams. Will Sunday's game against the Saints end a punt return streak that goes back to 2016?
Vikings wide receiver Trishton Jackson (9) celebrates a two-point conversion in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on Fri

5 extra points: Dynamic Dobbs; defense thrives, survives poor punt

Early analysis is the Vikings pulled off a heist getting Joshua Dobbs for a low draft pick. The defense played well but got tired, and a poor punt came close to costing the team a memorable victory.
The Chiefs chartered a boat that is docked on the Main River in Frankfurt to serve as a hub for fan activities ahead of their game against the Dolphin

Mark Craig's Week 9 NFL picks: Enjoy the best week of the season

The NFL season reaches the halfway point with four marquee games, starting with Chiefs vs. Dolphins in Germany.
Rick Spielman was with the Vikings from 2006 to ‘21, the last 10 seasons as GM. He was fired with head coach Mike Zimmer after the 2021 season.

Ex-Vikings GM Spielman content watching NFL trade deadline from Sanibel Island

Rick Spielman says he has no interest in returning to an NFL front office. He's too happy, too sun-splashed and too busy with media side jobs for bitterness.
Vikings quarterback Jaren Hall is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against Atlanta. “I think I’m a very chill individual,” he said.

'Chill' Hall prepares for extra pressure from Falcons in first start

If Atlanta blitzes Jaren Hall, the Vikings say they have several ways to counter the extra pressure on Jaren hall, the rookie quarterback
Since Kirk Cousins made his first start for the Vikings, Andy Dalton has started for five different NFL teams.

Help wanted: Vikings finally join ranks of teams needing a starting QB

How many quarterbacks have started for the NFL's 31 other teams since Kirk Cousins signed with the Vikings in 2018? One Vikings player saw the number and reacted: "Man, that's crazy."
Vikings running back Cam Akers (31) scores a touchdown in the first quarter.

Five extra points: More Akers! Less of a special teams player! Go for it!

Alexander Mattison is good. But Cam Akers is better, more instinctive and patient. That and more from Mark Craig, including thoughts about fourth-down choices and outcomes.
Vikings safety Camryn Bynum wore the flag of the Philippines. He is of Filipino descent and lives in the Philippines in the offseason. He held a footb

How a Filipino rugby player helped jump-start the Vikings' season

This summer in the Philippines, Vikings safety Camryn Bynum said he wanted to become the best tackler in the NFL. A friend suggested he study rugby.
Dalton Risner (66) started in place of the injured Ezra Cleveland at left guard Monday against the 49ers.

Vikings will decide starter at left guard Sunday morning

Ed Ingram's status at right guard is safe no matter who emerges from the competition between Ezra Cleveland and Dalton Risner at left guard, Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell said.
Don’t worry, Jared Goff. The Lions aren’t facing the Ravens again this week.

Mark Craig's Week 8 NFL picks: Is shuffle ahead in NFC North?

The Vikings have a chance to put some distance between themselves and division rivals chasing them, while the Lions are looking to rebound.
Kirk Cousins gets presented with new bling by Justin Jefferson during a postgame interview after the 22-17 victory over the 49ers.

Five extra points: That's 'QB Prime,' Risner rocks, forget about this guy

Fourth round draft pick Camryn Bynum, courtesy of former GM Rick Spielman, makes it easy to forget a more recent first-round pick that hasn't worked out so far. Plus, start Dalton Risner and celebrate Kirk Cousins.
Home field has been a significant advantage for the Vikings over the years, but they have started this season 0-3 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Where are the wins? Vikings try to avoid first-ever 0-4 start at home.

The Vikings have started 0-3 at home for only the sixth time in franchise history. They seek their first win at U.S. Bank Stadium this season Monday vs, the 49ers.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) scored on a sneak in the first quarter during a NFL wild card playoff game between the Minnesota Viking

Short-yardage muscle not on Vikings' long list of problems

With a yard needed on third and fourth down, the 2-4 Vikings have converted 10 of 11 opportunities — a 90.9% rate that matches Monday's opponent, the 5-1 49ers.
Alabama teammates Jalen Hurts (2) and Tua Tagovailoa go head-to-head for the first time in the NFL when the Miami Dolphins visit the Philadelphia Eagl

Week 7 NFL picks: Which game is a Super Bowl preview?

The final two NFL unbeatens have lost, but Week 7 features the two best interconference matchups this side of the Super Bowl. Here are Mark Craig's predictions.
Think the Vikings should tank for USC do-it-all quarterback Caleb Williams (left)? Maybe give Kirk Cousins (right) and the current roster some more ti

Tank for Caleb Williams? Don't be so hasty to give up, Vikings fans.

The last of the NFL unbeatens losing at 5-0 — the earliest since 2017 — is a reminder that there are no certain wins, no surefire losses and too many reasons not to tank.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) attempts a pass in the second quarter Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. ] CAR

Five extra points: Vikings lucky Bears are who we thought they were

The Vikings offense had a day to forget, bailed out by the defense and the predictably permissive Bears, who managed to make the least of their opportunities to win the game.
Receiver D.J. Moore, left, and quarterback Justin Fields form a potent 1-2 punch for the Bears.

Amid all the Bears flaws, Fields-to-Moore connection has been perfect

The Chicago quarterback, who plays the Vikings on Sunday, has many flaws, but throwing to his new teammate isn't one of them.